The month of February marks two very special days on calendars throughout the world: February 4th, World Cancer Day, and February 15th, the International Day of Childhood Cancer, when organisations, institutions, doctors and families around the world come together to raise awareness on behalf of those who are fighting this disease every single day.
In honour of these very important occasions, Best Doctors is pleased to feature an exclusive interview with Professor Marc Wijnen, Director of Surgery at the recently inaugurated Prinses Máxima Centre for Paediatric Oncology in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
As the leader of the surgical team for this new centre of excellence, Dr Wijnen comes to Princes Máxima with extensive experience in general and paediatric surgery. He himself specialises in the surgical treatment of solid tumours of the abdomen and chest.
In what ways is cancer in children different from adults?
In general childhood cancers advance rapidly and are often treated with chemotherapy before operation. Chemotherapy is often very effective and local control after chemo is achieved by surgery, radiation, or both.
If we divide cancer into those affecting bodily fluids (blood, bone marrow) and solid tumours, which are the types most commonly seen in children?
Roughly 50% of all cases are so-called fluid type cancers such as leukaemia and lymphomas. About 20% are brain tumours and 30% are solid tumours (such as those originating in the kidney, liver, nerve tissue, soft tissues of Read more
Today at Best Doctors blog we are going to focus on the world’s poorest countries, places where heath continues to be mostly a scarce good. This is a reality, which for all of us who have a commitment to the well being and care of patients is a cause of sadness and frustration, but also serves as a challenge to motivate us to never give up.
Maybe this is one of the global medical community’s unresolved issues - to provide the least developed countries around the world with medical health professionals as well as basic medical equipment in order for all patients to be given the opportunity to live and receive health care.
Great professionals with solidarity concerns
Fortunately, in many countries there is a multitude of so-called ‘first world solidarity projects’, set up voluntarily by medical teams that are dedicated to alleviating the health problems in the most underdeveloped countries.
‘Surgery in Turkana’ is one of these projects we want to place particular emphasis on in this Read more
Some of the technological advances that were science fiction, or even medicine fiction, a few years ago are starting to be become a reality at a dizzying speed.
Perhaps one of the most spectacular and most talked about advances in recent months is Google Glass – the digital giant’s augmented reality glasses that incorporate GPS, Bluetooth technology and an integrated microphone, as well as a display through which the user can observe a projection while capturing photos or recording videos with simple commands through their voice.
As demonstrated by the first surgical procedures carried out with Google Glass, the future seems full of opportunities in the world of medicine, with as many possibilities for patients. Although there are already other devices used in telesurgery, the capabilities and versatility of the new Google device provide a new, closer and more viable approach.
Google glass has already been tested successfully by some doctors
In Spain, for example, the first Google Glass operation was carried out by Dr. Pedro Guillén of the Cemtro clinic in Madrid, in collaboration with the Catholic University of Murcia and Droiders (Spanish innovative technology company), which Read more